Innovation articles

7 05, 2021

The lowest common denominator

By |2021-04-28T17:49:36+02:00May 7th, 2021|Innovation|0 Comments

A camel is a horse designed by a committee This is one of my favourite expressions about the danger of innovation in large organisations. It speaks to the sad truth that often, members of innovation teams in large organisations don't want to shoulder the responsibility of an innovation or new idea not working out. So [...]

4 05, 2021

Join me on 18th May, for a live “Ask Me Anything” session

By |2021-05-05T10:32:35+02:00May 4th, 2021|Innovation|0 Comments

I don't do very many mass-market public speaking engagements anymore. I am very picky about who I work with nowadays, and it is almost always just for private corporate or educational events. However, if you can build up trust with me, I will pay it back a thousand-fold. That is why I am happy to [...]

14 04, 2021

People never think of improving something by removing parts of it

By |2021-04-14T20:48:35+02:00April 14th, 2021|Innovation|0 Comments

When looking to improve something, it seems like people always want to add more. At least, this is what an interesting new piece of research by Adams et al suggests, just published in the journal Nature. This has major implications for innovators in all types of companies, trying to find ways to make their products [...]

31 03, 2021

Bill Gates talks about the Green Premium, and what innovations are going to save the planet

By |2021-03-31T17:16:52+02:00March 31st, 2021|Innovation|0 Comments

Bill Gates is an icon of innovation. Not only did he build up Microsoft to be one of the most innovative companies in the world, he has recently focused his efforts on philanthropic work to address some of the future's greatest challenges, including eradicating diseases, poverty and climate change. In a recent extensive TED interview [...]

15 03, 2021

Balloons and Sandbags: a technique to identify things holding down your innovation efforts

By |2021-03-15T17:30:49+01:00March 15th, 2021|Innovation|0 Comments

If you are looking for a simple innovation exercise to do with your team, try "Balloons and Sandbags". It's simple. For this, you will just need a large surface to write on, either a whiteboard, or a large piece of paper. At the very top, write down the title of the innovation project or ambition [...]

1 03, 2021

Perceived value

By |2021-03-01T18:42:29+01:00March 1st, 2021|Innovation|0 Comments

Why do people end up buying or adopting a new innovation? Is it because the new innovation is better than all the previous versions? Is it because they are early adopters in a market? Is it because they have compared the new innovation to everything else in the market? No. It is because they perceive [...]

24 02, 2021

Firefighters prevent innovation

By |2021-02-24T14:51:52+01:00February 24th, 2021|Innovation|1 Comment

In many companies, there are employees known for their ability to fix problems. They are colloquially referred to as "firefighters", because they are constantly putting out fires around the business. And usually this results in them being highly respected for their ability to quickly solve challenging problems, whether it be dealing with customer issues or [...]